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Partner promotions: Clifford Chance appoints 24 new partners, with nine in the City

Clifford Chance (CC) has appointed 24 new partners globally, with promotions across the US, Asia Pacific, continental Europe and nine in London.

The new partners’ practices cover a wide range such as M&A and IPOs, commercial litigation, funds and trusts and leveraged, acquisition, asset and project financing and are based across 13 of the firm’s offices including Barcelona, New York and Tokyo. They take effect from 1 May 2016 and will bring the total number of partners in the firm to 577.

The round is a decrease on last year’s promotions, when the firm made up 25 lawyers with six associates making the cut in London.

This year in London, the promotions are across four practice areas: capital markets, corporate, finance and litigation and dispute resolution.

Commenting on the promotions, CC’s managing partner Matthew Layton said they recognise talent, commitment and entrepreneurialism.

‘Each of these new partners has already made their mark: by virtue of the quality of their expertise and service delivery, they are seen as ‘go-to’ advisors by their clients; they are role models for our teams; and they play a critical part in delivering the firm’s strategy.

Earlier this week fellow magic circle firm Linklaters also announced that it was appointing 24 new partners, with ten from its Silk Street headquarters.

London accounted for 42% of the firm’s enlarged promotions round this year, compared to just 35% in 2015. Last year the firm promoted eight City associates to partner, with just seven London lawyers making the cut in 2014.

The full list of partner promotions is as follows:

Yusuke Abe, finance, Tokyo

Luis Alonso, corporate, Madrid

Fabian Böhm, real estate, Frankfurt

Alexandra Davidson, corporate, London

Paul Deakins, capital markets, London

Niek De Pauw, corporate, Brussels

Timothy Democratis, finance, Beijing

Jake Farquharson, capital markets, New York

Miloš Felgr, finance, Prague

Guillermo Guardia, corporate, Barcelona

Andrew Husdan, finance, London

Louise Keary, capital markets, London

Edith Leung, finance, Hong Kong

Michael Lyons, litigation & dispute resolution, London

Katherine Moir, corporate, London

Alexandre Ooms, tax, pensions & employment, Brussels

Patrick O’Reilly, finance, New York

Michael Pearson, finance, London

Marianne Pezant, corporate, Paris

Christopher Sullivan, corporate, London

Ioana Talnaru, corporate, Bucharest

Daniel Winick, finance, New York

Floris van de Bult, tax, pensions & employment, Amsterdam

Christopher Yates, litigation & dispute resolution, London